As a wound care clinician you have a passion for your work. It’s this passion that drives you to learn about the latest evidence-based findings on the most effective treatments and products you can use on your patients.

At the Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI), we offer two strategies to help you achieve clinical excellence in wound care by attending our Wild on Wounds (WOW) national wound conference and taking our wound care classes.

Wild on Wounds (WOW) is an annual conference created for clinicians who practice skin and wound management.

This year’s event is Sept. 11-14 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. The curriculum at WOW is designed in a format that’s relevant for all types of clinicians involved in skin and wound management.

Why attend Wild on Wounds? Learn it today, use it tomorrow

Whether you’re a newbie to skin and wound care or an experienced veteran, attending WOW contributes to your professional development while enhancing your knowledge and skills.

“WOW is focused on the treating clinician with presentations that are always research-based. They center on information you can use immediately at the bedside,” said Cheryl Robillard, PT, WCC, CLT, a member of the board of directors of the National Alliance of Wound and Ostomy, a clinical practice specialist with Aegis Therapies in Wauwatosa, Wis., and a WCEI alumna.

Robillard said she has attended 10 WOW conferences, the most recent of which was last year in Las Vegas. She said she enjoys that WOW is unique when compared to other skin and wound events.

“Several other wound conferences I’ve attended presented a lot of research studies or very expensive new treatments that only an MD can provide,” she said. “Even though I’ve been treating wounds for over 20 years, I always come away from the WOW conference with new information that changes my practice the day I return to work.”

Something special this year at WOW

This year’s WOW conference includes extra perks. If you register for any of the three pre-conference certification courses — Wound Care, Diabetic Wound Care or Ostomy Management — planned for Sept. 8-11 in Las Vegas a few days prior to the conference, you can attend the WOW conference for free.

Wild on Wounds

Wound care clinicians enjoy the pool party during the Wild on Wounds national conference in 2018.

“The exams for each of the four-day, on-site wound care courses will be given Sept. 12,” said Diana Ramirez-Ripp, CWCMS, manager of live events with WCEI. “After each exam, the participants can attend the WOW conference. The offer of free conference entry is a unique advantage and worth $550.”

In addition to getting the latest updates on treating wounds at informative class sessions, attendees can meet with product experts and get educated on the newest wound care products.

“The sessions are designed for clinicians at the bedside,” Ramirez-Ripp said. “You walk away with knowledge and skills you can use right away. Our motto is learn it today, use it tomorrow.”

Another way attendees can learn about new products is by attending a session called the Buzz Report.

“The Buzz Report is one of the highlights of WOW, and the only session that runs unopposed so all can attend,” Ramirez-Ripp said. “Led by WCEI co-founder Donna Sardina, it covers anything that has come out new on the market within the past 12 months that relates to wound care.”

WCEI alumna Taryn M. Fleming, LPN, CWCA, WCC, is a quality assurance nurse with Aveanna/PSA Healthcare in Burleson, Texas.

Fleming has attended two WOW conferences and said, “after my very first WOW, I was hooked and made a commitment to attend every year when possible. I’ve gained so much information on wound care trends, met other professionals from around the nation and met many amazing friends and mentors. When it comes to WOW, I give it two thumbs and toes up. The educators, staff and attendees that make up WOW are rock stars in my book.”

Ramirez-Ripp agreed, calling Wild on Wounds (WOW) a family gathering.

“What makes WOW different is it’s almost like a family reunion,” she said. “We get clinicians that attend frequently because of their connection to the alumni Facebook page and our organization. They, and we, are like family.”

Register to attend Wild on Wounds national conference in September.

Carole Jakucs, MSN, RN, PHN, CDCES

Carole Jakucs, MSN, RN, PHN, CDCES, is a freelance writer and diabetes educator. Her background in nursing includes tenures in healthcare management and as a care provider. She has worked in med/surg/telemetry, a pediatric emergency department and college health.

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